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Every so often, market research firms make gloomy forecasts that put even the most cynical weatherpersons to shame. This really came to a head when tablets started to make a run at the market—it was the end of the PC as we knew it! The PC survived (especially PC gaming), of course, and it will make it through 2022... Read more...
It's been almost a couple of years since I spent some hands-on time with Samsung's XCover Pro, a rugged Android handset without the usual bulk that you might expect from such a device. There was a lot to like about that phone, and many of those highlights appear to have found their way to Samsung's brand-spanking new... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is expected to deliver more detailed images from deeper into space than ever before. Researchers are hoping to utilize Webb's observations to tell us about the makeup and composition of individual galaxies in the early universe for the first time ever. JWST has been one of... Read more...
AMD's latest round of high-end desktop (HEDT) processors based on its Zen 3 architecture were never going to be cheap, but exactly how much will they cost? We didn't know the answer when AMD announced its Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX series CPUs last week. Now we do, though, and it bears repeating—they're not... Read more...
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine near the beginning of this year, some prominent hacking groups announced that they would be joining the war within the digital realm. The hacking collective Anonymous declared cyberwar against the Russian government and has since been conducting cyberattacks on Russian and... Read more...
On April 1, 2004, Google announced that it would be rolling out its e-mail service. The e-mail service was aptly named GMail. The web-driven mail client initially brought a new style of e-mail management. Developed initially by engineer Paul T. Buchheit, GMail skirted a typical e-mail norm which often built its... Read more...
We're fans of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D around here. Sure, it's pricey for what it is; that much is inarguable. Still, the fact that you can slap a brand-new processor into a two- or three-year-old motherboard and immediately get chart-topping gaming performance is extremely cool. Your author here threw one into his ASRock... Read more...
Samsung is making a spirited run at the gaming TV market, which if we're being real, many people associate with LG and its fancy OLED models. That's because LG was one of the first to embrace the HDMI 2.1 standard (and not fake HDMI 2.1) with features that current generation game consoles can tap into. But others have... Read more...
You're tired of hearing it, we're tired of saying it; yes, Intel's Arc graphics are real and out there. They haven't hit store shelves in the US yet, but they're on the way—probably as we write this. Extant hardware needs available drivers, and so Intel's published a new graphics driver for Arc Alchemist. This... Read more...
The Cooler Master CK721 wireless keyboard is a compact and versatile plank that will fill just about any gamer's needs. The ability to use this small form factor keyboard via USB Type-C (wired), Bluetooth 5.1, or the included 2.4GHz dongle also means users can take it just about anywhere and use it with a wide range of devices. Toss in its... Read more...
Give credit to Valve for turning a promising category (handheld PC consoles) into a viable one with the Steam Deck, which strikes an acceptable balance between price, performance, and capabilities. In the wake of the Steam Deck's launch, others have tried to capitalize on the market segment, and a "young company... Read more...
AI chatbot company Replika is receiving messages from customers who believe their AI companions are actually sentient. Replika is only one company in the social chatbot industry that saw an increase in users during the recent pandemic. The question of whether or not an AI has become sentient is always in the back... Read more...
ASRock isn't waiting around for Intel's 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors to arrive before updating its existing motherboards to support the next-gen chips. The company has already made available BIOS updates for dozens of 600-series motherboards spanning the boards based on Z690 all the way down to H610. We still... Read more...
You'll have to pardon the editorial take on the hoopla surrounding Return to Monkey Island, the long awaited sequel spearhead by adventure gaming legend Ron Gilbert, but I have an emotionally vested interest in this game's release. Like many others who look back fondly on the heyday of point-n-click adventure games, I... Read more...
Most of us likely babysat, mowed lawns, or worked part-time jobs to earn money as teens. However, teens in 2022 have some rather interesting and unexpected ways to make some extra cash. Minors are reportedly developing, discussing, and selling malware through a Discord server. What happened to paper... Read more...
Watch live later today as a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket launches with two satellite payloads for the U.S. Space Force's Systems Command. The launch is scheduled for later this evening, and will deliver the two spacecraft directly into geosynchronous orbit approximately 22,000 miles (25,500 km)... Read more...
Does your Google Pixel have a cracked screen or charging issue? Do you wish you could easily fix this yourself? Your wish is Google and iFixit’s command. Google Pixel owners can now purchase parts and repair kits for their device and fix it themselves. Google has partnered with iFixit to offer either standalone... Read more...
Back in early April, Intel unveiled its new Blockscale ASIC, which promised strong performance for proof-of-work consensus networks. Its move into blockchain is a relatively recent endeavor for Intel, but is perfectly in character for a company with a long history of entering new markets. As regular readers are no... Read more...
TikTok continues to be the subject of many discussions and news stories regarding not only privacy and personal data sovereignty, but also national security. Like so many popular social media and entertainment apps, TikTok collects lots of user data, including usage behavior, for advertising purposes. Detailed... Read more...
As gamers and creators are both well aware, AMD's CPUs have been at-least competitive for a few years now, and for a while, roundly superior—at least, depending on your workload. However, there's been one sticking point for several years preventing a certain market segment of users from giving AMD a shot. That... Read more...
Synthetic benchmarks get a bad rap. Sure, they're not always representative of real application performance -- that much is inarguable. They're still extremely useful, though. Not only can they help developers pinpoint performance problems for specific troubleshooting, but they also can help users confirm that their... Read more...
One of the worst things for any musician who plays instruments like electric guitars is to blow an amp. Well, musicians, fret no more, unless you like your frets, thanks to the ingenuity of one YouTuber you can possibly repair your amp, assuming it's not the speaker, employing a Raspberry Pi in the... Read more...
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